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September 12, 2013

Around the Big 12: previews & predictions

It's week three of the college football season and a Thursday night conference game highlights the week in the Big 12. Here's a preview.

TCU at Texas Tech

#24 TCU (1-1) travels to Lubbock to take on the Red Raiders (2-0). TCU won last week against an FCS opponent after it started slow, pulling away to win, 38-17. Texas Tech beat down FCS team Stephen F. Austin, 61-13. After two games, Texas Tech is second in the nation in passing yards per game at 453.5. TCU's stats aren't amazing, but Gary Patterson's teams often to find a way to win the game - usually with defense. But quarterback Baker Mayfield and the TTU passing offense will pass all over this TCU team tonight and come away with the victory.

Texas Tech 38, TCU 27

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Iowa State (0-1) will be host to the Iowa (1-1) this weekend in the 61st all-time meeting between these two schools. The first two weeks have not gone how either team planned, as ISU lost to UNI and Iowa lost to NIU before a close win over Missouri State. Iowa will be looking to run the ball with Mark Weisman, who ran for 140 yards per game in the first two weeks of the season. Iowa State had a bye week to prepare for Hawkeyes and Paul Rhoads' squad will be ready to play on Saturday. Jansen Watson will be back in the defensive lineup this week after being suspended in week one for the Cyclones. The Cyclones will have a hard time stopping the between-the-tackles running style of Iowa. Weisman will run for over 125 yards and the Hawkeyes will win a defensive battle.

Iowa 20, Iowa State 14

Kansas at Rice

Kansas (1-0) will be on the road this week against Rice (0-1). Kansas' running game looked very good in week two as the Jayhawks ran for 280 yards against FCS school South Dakota. Rice lost in week one against Texas A&M, 52-31, and competed against in the first half before Johnny Manziel came in. The Owls ran for over 300 yards and actually outgained Texas A&M. Kansas will have its hands full this week as Rice will make a bowl this year and will eight games. Kansas will need to get the passing game working this week if it wants to win. Kansas doesn't have a Manziel to come in and win the game and Rice will win this game at home.

Rice 31, Kansas 17

Kansas State vs. UMass

Kansas State (1-1) will take on a new FBS team in UMass (0-2) in week three. Kansas State bounced back in week two after an upset loss in week one as the Wildcats beat UL-Lafayette, 48-27. UMass lost to Maine last week with a very disappointing offensive performance, netting only 265 total yards. And the defense was bad, too, giving up over 500 total yards. Kansas State had high hopes for this season and, after last week, KSU fans have to be feeling a little better about the defense. Kansas State will be too much for UMass to handle this week and the Wildcats will win for the second week in a row.

Kansas State 41, UMass 21

Oklahoma vs. Tulsa

#14 Oklahoma (2-0) was trying to improve its strength of schedule by playing Tulsa (1-1) but the Golden Hurricane aren't that special this season. Tulsa won last week over Colorado State, but lost to Bowling Green in week one. Oklahoma didn't play as well as it would have liked last week in beating West Virginia 16-7. Blake Bell will start at quarterback this week for the Sooners as Trevor Knight was hurt last week. Oklahoma put up over 400 yards last week but couldn't translate those yards into points because of four turnovers. The OU defense forced four turnovers as well, but gave up 387 yards. OU will roll in week three, getting the fans in Norman excited about a championship run.

Oklahoma 42, Tulsa 17

Oklahoma State vs. Lamar

#12 Oklahoma State (2-0) will play host to FCS school Lamar (1-1). Oklahoma State won last week on the back of its offense and especially a strong passing game that generated 518 pass yards. The Cowboy defense was shaky at best, giving up over 500 yards but forcing two turnovers. Lamar lost last week against Louisiana Tech, giving up over 400 yards, but they competed. Oklahoma State will look to roll this week with J.W. Walsh getting the majority of the snaps. But assuming OSU plays like it can, he shouldn't have to play in the 4th quarter. The OSU defense will show what it is capable of this week and will give up less than 300 yards as the Cowboys roll at home.

Oklahoma State 53, Lamar 17

Texas vs. Mississippi

Texas (1-1) will look to rebound after a loss as it faces #25 Ole Miss (2-0). Ole Miss came out of nowhere in the recruiting world with a new coach, Hugh Freeze, and grabbed some top recruits that look to make the Ole Miss team one that competes for a SEC title. Texas lost big at BYU, 40-21, giving up 679 total yards and 550 rush yards in the process. Ole Miss won last week against Southeast Missouri State, giving up only 252 yards. David Ash will need a huge game if Texas is going to win. Ole Miss and its new recruits will take care of Texas this week.

Ole Miss 34, Texas 20

West Virginia vs. Georgia State

The Mountaineers (1-1) are hosting Georgia State (0-2) in week three. WVU lost last week against Oklahoma 16-7, while GSU has lost to two FCS teams this year. The WVU defense played as we thought it would, giving up over 400 yards and if your defense is going to be mediocre, you need an offense to back it up. And WVU didn't have one last week at OU. Georgia State has not played well all year and they haven't played an FBS level opponent yet. WVU will play well this week, rack up over 450 yards, and win at home.

West Virginia 49, Georgia State 21

Record Last Week: 7-1

Season Record: 14-3

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